Student Immigration Service

Working in the UK after studies

Whether you can work in the UK after your studies, and in what capacity, depends on the visa you apply for.

Start-up visa

This visa category is for people seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants must have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea supported by an endorsing body. The Start-Up route replaces the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa.

Tier 2

Tier 2 is the main immigration route for non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who wish to work in the UK. If you wish to stay in the UK to work after you have finished your studies, there are concessions for full time Tier 4 students, which make it easier to get a Tier 2 visa.

Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme

If you are studying on a PhD or other doctorate level qualification you can apply for a one-year visa to work or look for work in the UK.

Tier 5 (Temporary Workers)

The Tier 5 visa route allows non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals to come to the UK to undertake specific types of work for a period of one or two years.